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Jack Sock’s plan to reunite with Vasek Pospisil on the doubles court are on hold for now, but the pair teamed up for this week’s episode of Tennis United, set to air on Friday, and discussed Pospisil’s social media prank on the American.

Pospisil took over the ATP Tour Instagram account for last week’s episode, unbeknownst to his fellow players, and trolled several of them with snarky comments in their direct messages. After messaging Sock to ask if ATP Media could attend the American’s December wedding to Laura Little, Pospisil then urged him to post less about his relationship.

“I was genuinely upset,” Sock said, smiling. “I thought that maybe [ATP Media] was having fun and they’re bored. The wedding thing… That was never going to fly with me. I was just being nice. Then I read the next part and was fuming! How can the ATP tell me what to post?”

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Sock has been staying at home and practising social distancing, but admitted that the lockdown was bad timing for his comeback that had quickly been gaining momentum. After an injury-filled 2019 season, the American returned to action in February and beat defending champion Radu Albot in Delray Beach, then finished runner-up at an ATP Challenger Tour event in Indian Wells.

“For me, it’s even more frustrating because I basically had a quarantine all of last year,” Sock said. “I rehabbed my [right] thumb and then had the disc problem in my back at the end of last year, so I didn’t play much at all. I was very hungry and excited and I think it showed in my past couple of tournaments. I was getting my form back and felt like my old self. It stings, but obviously health and safety comes first.”

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When action does resume on the ATP Tour, Sock vowed to be ready. He’s still keeping up with his fitness sessions while maintaining social distancing and intends to be in top shape for his first tournament back.

“I like to get a sweat in and have to feel like I did something. There’s a massive soccer field near me where I’ve been going to most days, getting runs in and doing some medicine ball stuff,” Sock said. “I had some good momentum and felt like I was getting into the right shape towards the end of my past couple of tournaments, so I’m definitely keeping up with it because I don’t want to lose that.”


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